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Paradigm Hill “Col’s Block” Mornington Peninsula Shiraz 2014


Paradigm Hill is a relatively new label for Tiger Wines – it’s a Halliday 5 Star winery located at Merricks on the Mornington Peninsula.

It’s possibly a new label to many of you too, so here’s Halliday’s introduction in the 2018 Halliday Wine Companion:

“ Dr George Mihaly (with a background in medical research, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries) and wife Ruth ( a former chef and caterer) realised a 30-year dream of establishing their own vineyard and winery, abandoning their previous careers to do so. George had all the necessary scientific qualifications, and built on those by making the 2001 Merricks Creek wines, moving to home base at Paradigm Hill in ’02, all along receiving guidance and advice from Nat White of Main Ridge Estate. The vineyard, under Ruth’s control with advice from Shane Strange, is planted to 2.1 ha of pinot noir, 0.9ha of shiraz, 0.82ha of riesling and 0.38ha of pinot gris.”

…and a beautiful property it is too with one of the longest driveways I’ve seen since visiting some Scottish castles.

I’d like you to get to know some of the Paradigm Hill wines so the pricing on this is quite keen. RRP A$48, listed here at S$57 inc gst and delivery.

And just 12.4% alc…


David Boxall



KATE HILL, Huon Valley, Tasmania:
2017 Sauvignon Blanc – 12 btls – $42 – not rated, sold at cellar door only

MEADOWBANK, Derwent Valley, Tasmania: (new stock – previously sold out)
2011 “Blanc de Blancs” Sparkling – 6 btls – $63 – Mike Bennie 91
2016 Pinot Noir – 24 btls – $72 – Huon Hooke 96, Halliday 95, Campbell Mattinson 94


2014 Col's Block Shiraz


La Violetta “La Ciornia” Great Southern Shiraz 2013


I first met Andrew Hoadly from La Violetta wines in August, when he visited Singapore as part of a Great Southern wine event. I was immediate;y struck by his enthusiasm and almost rebellious approach to winemaking. As you know, Tiger Wines may well have the motto “no boring wines” and Andrew’s wines fit this to a t. It seems JancisRobinson.com agrees, with his wines that have been reviewed so far receiving glowing reviews. Following the event, Andrew and I sat together and talked, and it was agreed there and then that some of the La Violetta wines would make their way to Singapore.

“La Violetta began producing small quantities of wine at Denmark, on Western Australia’s south coast, in 2008. Grapes are sourced from a handful of trusted growers with exceptional vineyards, some amongst the oldest in the state. The idea is to keep production at a small scale so that each wine is personally hand-crafted. In 2010, La Violetta’s first release, 2008 La Ciornia, featured in Matthew Jukes’ Top 100 and Sarah Ahmed’s Top Five Australian Wines. The wines are not entered into shows due to the limited volumes produced.

The name ‘La Violetta’ derives from an old Peidmontese song celebrating intoxication. And the name ‘Ciornia’ (meaning ‘dark’ or ‘black’ in Russian) carries the 19th Century Romantic sense of being drawn by a fatalistic necessity to act decisively…ideally people will sing the song ‘Oci Ciornia’ when they are drinking it. Perhaps more significantly, in the local dialect, ciornia is a term for an attractive woman. A very attractive woman. It’s also a pretty bad pun on Cxrnas, that hotbed of potent shiraz-making on the Rhxne.”

Tiger Wines is delighted to introduce the La Violetta wines to Singapore. Please see the attachment for pricing and availability.


David Boxall
From ‘Oci Ciornia’ (Dark Eyes) by Hrebinka:


Oh, not for nothing are you darker than

the deep!

I see mourning for my soul in you.

I see a triumphant flame in you: A poor

heart immolated in it.